1. The problem statement: A stepladder consists of two halves, hinged at the top, and connected by a tie rod that keeps the two halves from spreading apart. In this particular instance, the two halves are 2.50 m long, the tie rod is connected to the center of each half and is 70.0 cm long. An 800-N person stands 3/5 of the way up the stepladder, as shown in the figure. Neglecting the weight of the ladder, and assuming that the ladder is resting on a smooth floor, what is the tension in the tie rod?(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Picture http://session.masteringphysics.com/problemAsset/1396325/2/p8.70.jpg

2. Relevant equations

ƩFx=0

ƩFy=0

Ʃtorque=0

3. The attempt at a solution:

I know I should look at the ladder as if it were in 2 seperate pieces but I have no idea how to start or what to look at.

I also tried drawing free body diagrams for each but it confuses me even more

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# Homework Help: A shaped stepladder physics problem?

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